2014 IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight – Year in Review

IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight – Year In Review


  • New to IMG:

– TV Personality, Entertainer, Author and Businessman Steve Harvey

– Legendary Hockey Player, Author and Businessman Wayne Gretzky

– San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick

– Business Guru and TV Personality Jen Groover

– ESPN and ABC College Football Analyst and Legendary NCAA Football Coach Mack Brown

– Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Author and Creator of The People’s Bootcamp and WaveShape Adam Rosante

– International Supermodel and Political Refugee Kiara Kabukuru

– Wichita State University Men’s Basketball Coach Gregg Marshall

– MLB Network and FOX Sports Analyst Harold Reynolds

  • Press Clippings:

– Steve Harvey, Peyton Manning, Robin Roberts and Lindsey Vonn were featured in BizBash, a top industry trade press, as among the most popular conference speakers.

Steve Harvey was on the cover of Campus Activities Magazine. Check out the article “Carving A Piece of Entertainment History.”

– On the heels of her US Open victory this summer, Michelle Wie was featured on the cover of Golf Digest, the first female golfer to earn the cover spot since 2008.

– International Tennis Player and Entrepreneur Maria Sharapova was featured on the cover of Self magazine. Check out Maria’s guide to life success.

Vanity Fair named New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz the #1 best dressed player in the NFL. New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was named to their best dressed list as well.

– The Wall Street Journal highlighted Real Estate Agent and Star of Bravo’s Emmy-nominated Million Dollar Listing New York Ryan Serhant.

– Sports Business Journal profiled Motivational Speaker and Businessman Bonner Paddock. Check out the inspirational story of Bonner realizing his gift is to help others.

Peyton ManningNovak Djokovic, Li Na and Maria Sharapova were included on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Celebrities list.

– Jay Bilas, Ato Boldon, Julie Foudy and Scott Van Pelt were featured in Sports Illustrated’s Twitter 100.

– Model and TV Personality Chrissy Teigen was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit 2014, its 50th anniversary issue.

– Motivational Speaker and Author Matt Long was featured in Campus Activities Magazine. Check out the piece here.

– International Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn was featured in February’s edition of Self magazine. Check out her tips on “How to Be Fearless” and go behind the scenes of her photo shoot!

Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie “Share the Love” in Essence magazine. Take a look at their cover story here.

  • IMG Bookshelf:

The Wisdom of Faith by Bobby Bowden

Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success by Steve Harvey

Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts

What CEOs Say You Need To Know To Get Ahead by Betty Liu

Good Food – Fast! by Jason Roberts

  • Awards Recap:

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had a huge year. He was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, won the NFL MVP for his fifth time (a league record) and is currently the NFL’s all-time leader in career touchdown passes.

Tom Bergeron, Phil Keoghan and Erin Andrews were each nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award.

– Michelle Wie, Peyton Manning and Maria Sharapova were winners at the 2014 ESPY Awards.

– Winners at the Daytime Emmy Awards included Steve Harvey as well as Robin Roberts and the entire cast of ABC’s Good Morning America.

Mike Breen, James Brown, Bob Costas, Greg Gumbel, Rick NeuheiselHarold Reynolds, Jimmy Roberts, Jeremy Schaap and Michele Tafoya were all nominated for The 35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards.

– Robin Roberts was awarded the 2014 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

– Tony La Russa, Lisa Leslie and Lindsay Davenport were each inducted into the Hall of Fame of their respective sport this past year.

A Social Year: #IMGInspires





“The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky, IMG Speakers Exclusive

Wayne Gretzky
Hockey Legend


Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed “The Great One,” is widely considered to be the greatest hockey player and one of the most iconic athletes of all time.

Gretzky led the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cup Championships before coming to the U.S. to play for the Los Angeles Kings, the St. Louis Blues and the New York Rangers. He also led Canada to three gold medals at the Canada Cup. The highest scoring player in NHL history, Gretzky racked up 2,857 points in 1,487 regular season games over the course of his career. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999 immediately after retiring. Named the league’s MVP a record nine times, he is the only player to have his jersey (No. 99) retired league-wide.

With Gretzky at the helm as the program’s executive director, Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team ended its 50-year drought and took home the gold medal at the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics.

A hockey legend, international sports icon, business leader and philanthropist, Wayne Gretzky can bring greatness to audiences worldwide.

Speech topics include:

 – Leadership & Inspiration

- Teamwork & Toughness

- Winning With Integrity

Please contact IMG Speakers for more information about booking Wayne Gretzky for your next event.

IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight – November 2014 Edition

It’s time for another IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight. In this month’s edition:


November’s #IMGInspires




Peyton Manning talks with Bob Costas to discuss the QBs who previously held the record for most passing touchdowns in the NFL.



Congratulations to IMG Speakers Exclusive Peyton Manning – Now The NFL’s All-Time Leader In Career Touchdown Passes

Peyton Manning

Super-Bowl Winning Quarterback & Five-Time NFL MVP


Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has proven that he’s a winner both on and off the football field. Peyton is now the NFL’s all-time leader in career touchdown passes, with 510 total touchdown passes.

Peyton has earned his place among the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks. He is the only player in NFL history to be named MVP five times, has been selected to 13 pro-bowls, and was named to the Associated Press’ NFL All-Pro Team five times. In 2013, he was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

Off  the field, Peyton has established The PeyBack Foundation which funds various youth-based organizations in Indiana, Louisiana, Tennessee and Colorado.  In recognition of his outstanding charitable contributions, Manning has received numerous awards including the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award, USA Weekend’s Most Caring Athlete Award, and the Bryon “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award.

Peyton is one of today’s most sought after speakers, and never fails to deliver an inspirational message to audiences both large and small.

Please contact IMG Speakers for more information about booking Peyton Manning for your next event.

IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight – October 2014 Edition

It’s time for another IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight. In this month’s edition:


New & Exclusive to IMG Speakers: Gregg Marshall, Wichita State University Men’s Basketball Coach

October’s #IMGSpeakersPerspective



Steve Harvey 

TV Personality, Author & Businessman




Steve Harvey’s “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success” Hits Shelves Today

Steve Harvey
TV Personality, Motivational Speaker, Businessman & Author


Steve Harvey releases his new book, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, today. In his #1 New York Times bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Harvey told women what it takes to succeed in love. Now, he tells everyone how to succeed in life, giving you the keys to fulfill your purpose.

Harvey is an Emmy Award-winning  TV personality, talk show host, actor and comedian. He currently hosts two popular TV shows, The Steve Harvey Show and Family Feud, as well as The Steve Harvey Morning Show, a nationally syndicated radio show.

Check out Steve Harvey discussing his principles of success:

A popular speaker, Harvey inspires, motivates, and engages audiences with
speech topics including:

- The Power of Your Dreams
– Motivating You to Greatness
– Common Sense Isn’t Common
– The Power of Moving People

For updated booking information including
availability and fees for Steve Harvey, available exclusively through IMG Speakers, please contact  212-774-6735 or

IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight – September 2014 Edition

It’s time for another IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight. In this month’s edition:


SEPTEMBER’s #IMGSpeakersPerspective




Bobby Bowden

Legendary College Football Coach, Author and Motivational Speaker


Steve Harvey

TV Personality, Author & Businessman


Bobby Bowden’s “The Wisdom of Faith” Now On Shelves

Bobby Bowden

  Legendary College Football Coach


In The Wisdom of Faith, released yesterday, legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden looks back over 80 years to explain how faith and happiness are inseparable. Known as much for his affable charm as he is for his championship teams, Bowden guided Florida State University to more than three hundred victories and two national championships. As the winningest coach in Division 1 football history, statues have been built in his honor and national charities and awards have been named after him.

Now in what he calls the “fourth quarter” of his life, Bowden shares with readers, no matter their life circumstance, the importance of a life rooted in faith – from the perspective of a man who has made the journey. The Wisdom of Faith covers topics such as fear, trust, courage, responsibility, humility, patience, discipline, contentment, suffering and love.

 A popular speaker for both faith-based and non-faith based events alike, Bowden inspires, motivates, and engages audiences around the country with speech topics including:

- Success
– Leadership
– Teamwork
– Faith

Check out Bobby Bowden’s recent speech:

For updated booking information including
 availability and fees for Bobby Bowden, available exclusively through IMG Speakers, please contact  212-774-6735 or

New & Exclusive to IMG Speakers: Mack Brown, College Football Analyst & Legendary NCAA Coach

Mack Brown

College Football Analyst &

Legendary NCAA Coach


Mack Brown, coaching legend and college football analyst for ESPN and ABC, stepped down from his position as head coach of the Texas Longhorns in 2013 after 16 winning seasons, including the 2005 BCS National Championship.

Excellence and consistency are nothing new to the coaching veteran of 41 years, including 29 years as a head coach. Establishing stability is a trademark of Brown’s career, highlighted by his success at the University of North Carolina and the University of Texas.

With all of the success on the field, the primary emphasis remained the same with Brown’s squads — maintaining a high level of achievement in the classroom and in the community. 80% of his players at North Carolina received their degrees and a third of his players at Texas earned 3.0 grade point averages.

Speech topics include:

- Excellence

- Consistency

- Leadership

Please contact IMG Speakers for more information about booking Mack Brown for your next event.


Peyton ManningMaria SharapovaHenrik LundqvistMike Tirico


What a year it has been in sports. Here at IMG we are proud of all of our athletes, broadcasters and overall talent that we represent. Tonight is the night where all fans get to vote on their favorite player, play, male or female, team or individual for the honor of an ESPY award. To say the least, IMG is far from short from having their talent being represented later tonight.

Players such as Peyton Manning, Henrik Lundqvist, Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Novak Djokovic are representing their sport and IMG at the highest level.  The title, “Best Player,” in their respective sport, is obviously such an honor, but these five individuals are all on the same team: IMG. All of their hard work, commitment and dedication to the game is what has driven them to become the best at what they do, and IMG is honored to put their name behind these extraordinary athletes.

The list of talent that will be represented tonight does not stop at the players performing at the highest level. IMG’s talent is on full display even when one of our own is not up for an award. Tonight, the ESPY nominated play of the year, Damian Lillard’s buzzer beater, was called by IMG’s Mike Tirico. One of the best endings to an NBA playoff series and Mike delivered it to perfection. “OH MY GOD, GOOD!!!”  This will always be remembered by NBA fans, as true passion and love for the game breaks through as Mike stays focused on the job at hand.

We would like to congratulate all of our clients that have been nominated for ESPY awards, they are well deserved.


IMG Speakers’ ESPY Nominations:

Best Male Athlete: Peyton Manning

Best Game: New York Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) vs. Los Angeles Kings Game 5

Best NFL Player: Peyton Manning

Best NHL Player: Henrik Lundqvist

Best Male Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic

Best Female Tennis Player: Maria Sharapova, Li Na

Best Female U.S. Olympian: Meryl Davis

Best Male U.S. Olympian: Charlie White

Best Female Golfer: Michelle Wie

Best Play: Mike Tirico’s Call on Damian Lillard’s Game Winning Shot


For more information on any of these individuals please contact IMGSpeakers.


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